The path to peace in the Holy Land begins with dignity restored. The Mother Church in Jerusalem provides a clear voice to help guide us down the difficult path toward dignity, equality, justice, peace, and ultimately reconciliation. But only if we will listen to their cry.
Sir Jeffery Abood, KGCHS, has been knighted by the Vatican into the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and is chair of the Catholic Advisory Council of Churches for Middle East Peace. He is a speaker and writer on the church's perspective on the current situation of the Christians in the Holy Land. His book A Great Cloud of Witnesses: The Catholic Churches' Experience in the Holy Land is available on Amazon.
The Rev. Drew Christiansen S.J. served as director of the Office of International Justice and Peace of the U.S. Catholic Conference (now the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) and editor-in-chief of the Jesuit weekly America. He taught at the Jesuit School of Theology/Graduate Theological Union-Berkeley and the University of Notre Dame, where he was a member of the founding team of the Kroc Institute of International Peace Studies. He was also a frequent consultant to the Holy See and a member of the steering committee of the Catholic Peacebuilding Network. When he passed away in the Spring of 2022 leaving behind a legacy of applying Catholic Social Teaching to peacebuilding specifically in the Holy Land.
This lecture - the first of a two-part series- continues to carry forth Fr. Christiansen's enduring spirit. It is co-sponsored by the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, and the Catholic Peace Building Network along with Bethlehem University Foundation and Churches for Middle East Peace.